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MINIDIY - Potato Stamping

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A few months ago, for my mother's 60's birthday every sibling and grandchild prepared a personalised tea towel for the birthday kid! 

Léonore and I had some fun stamping with potatoes and carrots on the the towels - have a look! 

What do you need? 1 - A blank tea towel 2 - one potato 3 - one carrot 4 - one knife 5 - special fabric paint

What do you need? 1 - A blank tea towel 2 - one potato 3 - one carrot 4 - one knife 5 - special fabric paint

Cut (straight) the potato in half and carve out your favourite motif - of course we did a MINIHOUSE! For the carrots we jut cut off the ends to do a DOT-pattern!

Cut (straight) the potato in half and carve out your favourite motif - of course we did a MINIHOUSE! For the carrots we jut cut off the ends to do a DOT-pattern!

Fix the tea towel on the table with masking tape - remember to use a protection (newspaper/cardboard) between your fabric and your table) ! 

Fix the tea towel on the table with masking tape - remember to use a protection (newspaper/cardboard) between your fabric and your table) ! 

Léonore at work!

Léonore at work!

For more potato stamping come to L'ARMADIO DI OLIVER tomorrow - Saturday June 21st and create your personalised tote bag! 

MINITECTURE - New Play&Reading Mat

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Hello! How was your weekend?

I was busy finishing a little project of mine... have a look!

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After getting a rug and new furniture in December for Léonore's room, I continue to put together her room in 2014!  

Under her window I installed a mattress for playing, reading and of course cuddling! 

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I put the mattress in between our two (storage) wardrobes and in front of the built-in shelves! 

Additionally to the mattress I bought a few pillows at IKEA and sew some pillowcases and a cover for the mattress this weekend! 

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Matthieu brought back from Uganda in December these gorgeous African fabrics. I always thought I would keep Léonore's room neutral (all of white/grey/black) and let the toys function as the colourful elements of the room - but when I saw these fabrics I knew I was going to put together a little African-inspired corner in her room! Who knows maybe it is an introduction to what lies ahead of us.... 

MINIPLAY - Chalkboard Houses

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Do you remember this tutorial for chalkboard houses? 

My mother and her students made some at school to sell at their annual christmas market.

They designed and created - in their local wood shop - a square tessellation of 6 painted "building" blocks with a wooden box to put them away nicely. I think they turned out great!

Lucky Léonore received a box for christmas! If you are interested in a box - get in touch with the art program at Lycée Nic Biever in Dudelange or contact me

MINITHOUGHT - ON 2014

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What are your new years's resolutions?

There were some incredible ups and downs in 2013, but I left 2013 feeling incredibly happy and humbled !

In 2014, i want to carve out more time for myself to create / to sew / to design / to build and finally tackle and finish Léonore's room (see here and here) ! 

I hope there are more play dates and bubble baths with Léonore, more adventures and journeys in foreign countries, more days of unplugging, more beach waves and family bike rides in 2014. I hope there are more  long phone calls with dear friends who live far away. I want to focus on my marriage, and keep on dating my husband. I want to be more courageous. 

How about you? what are you hoping to discover or change or improve upon in the coming year?

 

Let's meet at the beach and get started with 2014... shall we?

VIA: http://diy.org/skills/shelterbuilder

Somewhere on the Northern California Coast (it's a secret) two masterful driftwood shack devotees cobble together a next level surf shack from salvaged wood. In fact, the shack stands to this day, and good-hearted travelers continue to make small improvements. Good luck finding it.

more on DIY here

MINIWEB - DIY.ORG

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Have you heard about DIY ?

The idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. 

DIY is a platform for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.

I can wait for Léonore to be big enough to explore the internet together!

Read more here.

Also they run DIY TV... watch the Fort Builder episode here:

It reminds me of a modern and american version of C'est pas sorcier!  - did you ever watch this french series when you were little? Matthieu and I are still into it!

MINISPACE - Changing Table

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Looking back at the pictures, Léonore's room doesn't look bad, not at all. I think she got the best room of our apartment. In the morning, she got the best light and I like the height of the ceiling and of course, love the old wooden floor.   

The month before she was born, we set the room up as you see it now and since we haven't changed it. Léonore is no longer a new born, she will be walking any day now - so I guess my project will be to change her nursery into a play room!  

But first let me tell you a few notes on her nursery set up - starting with her changing table.  

Changing table

Changing table

All we bought new was her crib

For the changing table we used 2 of our drawer chests that we put back to back together and fixed them to each other with some screws - I have to thank Julia who gave me the idea of using to MALM chests back-to-back! Thank you!

DIY changing table

DIY changing table

At the hardwood store, we bought two plywood sheets that we painted - white for the top part and chalkboard black for the front part.  

We screwed the plywood to the chest drawers (from the inside - so you don't see the screws later). 

Léonore enjoys having visitors leaving her messages on her board - which she always finishes up with her very own last touches! 

 

Coming up next week : more DIY and mood board to turn a nursery into a playroom!